Celebrate with a Real Christmas Tree

There is nothing like the scent and beauty of a real Christmas tree to get your family in the spirit of the holiday, add to that the experience of cutting your very own fresh tree and you have a special holiday memory in the making. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, encourages purchasing a fresh Oklahoma-grown tree this season. “Real Christmas trees are easy to care for and environmentally friendly,” says George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Many Oklahomans are going green this year as they visit one of the many Christmas tree farms across the state to choose and cut their trees this holiday season.” This year, when debating whether or not to purchase a real tree, consider these facts. · Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch and used in landscaping and gardening or chipped and used for playground material, hiking trails, paths and walkways.
· For every real Christmas tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place.
· Oklahoma Christmas trees are grown by local farmers on Oklahoma land that you visit to pick out your own tree. Approximately 85 percent of artificial trees sold in the U.S. are imported from China, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
· A typical Christmas tree from an Oklahoma grower absorbs more than one ton of CO2 throughout its lifetime.
· There are about 150 acres in production for growing Christmas trees in Oklahoma. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
· The top selling Oklahoma-grown Christmas trees are: Virginia pine and Scotch pine. Nationally top sellers are balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white pine.
For more information on where you can purchase an Oklahoma-grown Christmas tree visit www.forestry.ok.gov/christmas-trees or contact the Oklahoma Christmas Tree Association at www.okchristmastrees.com.